Advancing a Free Society

Compared to What?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

No dogma has caused more mischief — and, in some countries, tragedies — than the notion that there is something strange and wrong when some groups are “over-represented” or “under-represented” in some occupations or institutions.

This dogma is so widely accepted, and so deeply entrenched, that no one asks for evidence and no speck of evidence is offered.

Moreover, tons of evidence to the contrary is ignored.

Over the centuries, and in countries around the world, all sorts of groups have been disproportionately concentrated in particular occupations and at different income levels, and have had radical differences in their behavior, from rates of alcoholism to rates of crime and infant mortality.

Continue reading Thomas Sowell on National Review Online